The Merci Train Restoration

Commander Greg and the Merci Train car.
Merci Train car restoration.

We'll be following the restoration of our treasured Merci Train car in the next several weeks!
For those unfamiliar with  the Merci Train, here's additional information.

In 1949, Indiana was gifted one of 49 Merci Train railroad box cars. This gesture was in response to and with appreciation from French citizens after more than 700 American box cars of relief goods was sent to them, including from donations by many individual Americans.

Donations from the Merci Train came from over six million citizens of France and Italy in the form of dolls, statues, clothes, ornamental objects, art, and furniture.

We have been the caretakers of this historic treasure and symbol of compassion since 1970.

Big Shout Out to Paul Davis and the team for helping us with this important part of our site.